October 30, 2015

Be Our Guest / Paul Kachinski

Let us turn to prayer as we battle legacy of sexual revolution, reader says

This is in reply to the letter concerning “Gun violence in America” in the Oct. 23 issue of The Criterion.

Revolutions seeking utopia always end up in a “culture of death.” Just think of the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution. Both ended with thousands upon thousands of innocent people dead. In the 1960’s, the sexual revolution started, and like previous revolutions seeking a utopia without God, spawned a “culture of death.” Every day in this country, about 3,000 souls are killed in the abortion mills. Since 1973, around 60 million babies have been slaughtered. (Yes! that is 60 million souls.)

Welcome to the legacy of the sexual revolution!

Gun violence, abortion, euthanasia, sexual trafficking, and perversions of all kinds … these are the consequences of the sexual revolution. So the solution to gun violence is to “remember then from what you have fallen, repent and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent” (Rev 5:2).

The American Revolution is the only revolution that did not result in a “culture of death.” It did not result in a “culture of death” because our founders wanted us to be “… one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” This is the work we did at first, this is the work that will begin to fix society, and this is the work we have abandoned to the sexual revolution.

Dec. 8 is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Immaculate Conception is the patroness of our country. And additionally, Dec. 8 is the beginning of “The Year of Mercy” proclaimed by Pope Francis. “Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array” (Sg 6:10)? It is the beautiful, beloved Mary; Mary the tip of the spear, who at Fatima promised conversion of the world through the rosary. Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee said, “So anytime we’re faced with a crisis, we turn to prayer … and the rosary.” The crisis is the sexual revolution.

I was interviewed by Criterion reporter Natalie Hoefer for the Oct. 9 story “33-day Marian devotion aims to bring people closer to Jesus.” Consecration to Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary is normally done on one of her feast days, and Dec. 8 is an important feast day this year. The 33-day preparation for consecration starts on Nov. 6, with consecration on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Marians of the Immaculate Conception Father Michael Gaitley is a practical way to prepare for consecration. What a wonderful way to begin the “Year of Mercy.” What a wonderful way to grow close to Jesus. What a wonderful way to “repent and do the works you did at first” (Rev 5:2).

St. John Paul II in “Splendor of Truth,” (#120) gives us this to pray: “O Mary, Mother of Mercy, watch over all people, that the Cross of Christ may not be emptied of its power, that man may not stray from the path of the good and become blind to sin, but may put his hope ever more fully in God who is ‘rich in mercy’ (Eph 2:4). May he carry out the good works prepared by God beforehand (cf. Eph 2:10), and so live completely ‘for the praise of his glory’ ” (Eph 1:12).

Let peace begin on Earth, and let it begin with me.

(Paul Kachinski is a member of St. Barnabas Parish in Indianapolis.)

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